Once, a young man who was teaching English as a second language in Japan, got to experience a dream-come-true during a flight stopover in Los Angeles: dinner at the home of his all-time greatest Hollywood hero.
Certainly a jolting surprise for Ricardo Montalban’s vegetarian dinner guest!
And what a jolting surprise for Peter to experience a disturbing revelation three times. He is told on good authority, a voice from heaven, that all the four-legged creatures, wild animals, reptiles and birds, that are created by God are clean and should not be called profane.
Even more jolting and wonderful: Peter watches with amazement as the Holy Spirit falls upon these strangers, these Gentiles, these non-members of the tribes of Israel. God’s repentance is a gift for all men and women of every race, nationality and background. The Good Shepherd’s heart is so large … infinite really … it lovingly embraces every member of the human family, not just the children of Israel.
No wonder, our own families can’t help but be caught up in the wonder, the joy and the passion of this Tremendous Lover, our Good Shepherd, the Lord Jesus Christ. He is truly Risen, he is Alive, His Spirit is breathing upon us and our families now. Calling us to be Tremendous Lovers too of all the sons and daughters he has created. Amen!
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About Father Willy Raymond, C.S.C.
Father Willy Raymond, C.S.C. is President of Holy Cross Family Ministries. He entered Holy Cross Fathers in 1964. He earned a Bachelors in Philosophy from Stonehill College in 1967 and a Masters in Theology from the University of Notre Dame in 1971. In addition to English, Father Willy is conversant in French and Spanish. He's a native of Old Town, Maine and one of 12 children. He remains a diehard fan of the Boston Red Sox, even though he has served as Chaplain for the Los Angeles Dodgers.